There’s a change in polling locations for more than 7,000 Augusta voters. The Richmond County Board of Elections reports a growth spurt is part of the reason for the change, but could this affect voter turnout.
The Board of Elections is taking a look at what polling places need more space and upgrades.
The people who used to vote at Crossroads Fellowship Church on Wrightsboro Road will now split into two new precincts. Those voters will go to Providence Baptist Church, 3850 Wrightsboro Road, and Sharon Baptist Church, 3434 Sharon Road.
“We think it’s a great resolution to that overcrowding problem that we’ve seen out in that area, now certainly for the last 6 or 7 years as we’ve seen such tremendous growth there,” said Lynn Bailey, Executive Director at the Richmond County Board of Elections.
Voters who usually use the VFW Post on Windsor Spring Road as their precinct will now go to the Augusta Utilities Service Center at 3463 Peach Orchard Road.
Bailey said she doesn’t think the changes in these locations will deter any voters from coming out to the polls for the November 3rd SPLOST ballot.
“The places that we are providing people to vote are perhaps a step up from where they have been, so I think if anything, it will help facilitate the process,” said Bailey.
Bailey said about 20 percent of voters usually come out for a sales tax vote, but she’s hoping that number will be even higher this year.
“It’s a standalone election at an off election time, you could say, turnout tends to be a little on the low side, even when it is matters that are as important as the reimposition or not of this sales tax,” said Bailey.
The voter registration deadline for this election is on October 5th. You can register at the board of elections office or online at http://www.augustaga.gov/527/Board-of-Elections